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Old 29 Mar 2008, 10:12 pm
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Default Re: Brake pads- I'm with highkm

I've heard good things about the Hawk pads and highkm's experience bears
that out. Yeah, OEM is good but there are products that ARE better but
they typically are NOT at your local parts store, especially DISCOUNT
parts store.

One caveat on the rotors: Be carful of cross drilled rotors. They do
have a tendency to crack at the holes.


highkm wrote:
> On Mar 5, 12:42 am, jim beam <> wrote:
>> dxmah wrote:
>>> Hi all:
>>> I'm anticipating the front brake pads on my 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid will
>>> have to be replaced soon. What's the differences (pros/cons) between
>>> semi-metallic and ceramic pads? W
>>> hich one should I consider? Do brand names (e.g. Raybestos) really make a
>>> difference? Thanks for any input!

>> 1. please learn to cross post. that way both honda groups can see all
>> the answers.
>> 2. if you want best overall performance, i.e. low dust, lowest brake
>> disk wear, longest life and best resistance to fade, use oem honda pads.
>> especially as they cost just about the same as aftermarket. in fact,
>> they're better value when you consider that they also come with shims
>> and grease, whereas most aftermarket pads don't.
>> 3. what mileage do you have? many here change pads upwards of 60k miles.
>> to emphasize, resistance to fade is a big deal - many aftermarket pads
>> are abysmal in this regard. in normal use, you may not notice, but when
>> you need it, you really need it, and you don't want to discover this
>> halfway down california st in san francisco as a cable car lurches
>> across the street in front of you.

> I started to develop brake problems on a 4cyl 2003 Accord after
> 16,000KM. Dealer replaced them for free but at 60,000 same problem
> occurred. I replaced the rotors on the front only to Cross drilled and
> clotted manufactured by DBA (Disk Brakes Australia - model DBA
> 4488XS). Also switched to HWAK ferro carbon, front and back. I have a
> total of approximately 340,000 on the rotors and I am on the second
> set of pads. The rotors were expensive. They are about 25% worn. This
> braking setup shows no fading even after very hard multiple braking
> tests. However, the pads do shed red dust, but wash easily. It was
> mentioned that the OEM pads are very good. Not sure what that means. I
> can warp the original Honda rotors in one application, or glaze the
> pads in one application. I have been driving Honda cars since 1991,
> and none of them had good brakes. In fact that is my major complaint
> about Honda/Acura cars.

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